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Connacht v Treviso - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Danie Poolman will make his full debut for Connacht after being included in the starting line-up for the clash with Treviso at The Sportsground on Saturday.
Poolman comes in as one of six changes from the side which lost to the Ospreys last time out and forms a new centre partnership with Dave McSharry.
Robbie Henshaw switches to full-back as a result, with Darragh Leader and Mata Fifita the two players to make way from the back line.
In the pack there are four changes, with Johnny O'Connor and Andrew Browne filling the two flanker spots, Mike McCarthy starting at lock and Denis Buckley coming into the front row.
With international call-ups depleting his ranks, Treviso boss Franco Smith has brought in Luca Morisi, Manoa Vosawai and Alberto De Marchi, but is forced to field Giovanni Maistri in a temporary role and has added two permit players to the replacements.
Marco Fuser makes his full debut at lock together with Corniel Van Zyl, with Angelo Esposito making his first start on the left wing. In the front row, Matteo Muccignat makes his debut.
Connacht: 15 R Henshaw, 14 T O'Halloran, 13 D Poolman, 12 D McSharry, 11 F Vainikolo, 10 D Parks, 9 K Marmion, 8 E McKeon, 7 J O'Connor, 6 A Browne, 5 M McCarthy, 4 M Swift, 3 N White (c), 2 J Harris-Wright, 1 D Buckley.
Replacements:16 A Flavin, 17 R Ah You, 18 R Loughney, 19 J Muldoon, 20 M Kearney, 21 D Moore, 22 M Nikora, 23 G Duffy.
Treviso:15 B Williams, 14 A Vilk, 13 C Loamanu, 12 A Pratichetti, 11 A Esposito, 10 A Di Bernardo, 9 F Semenzato, 8 M Filippucci, 7 V Bernabo, 6 M Vosawai, 5 C Van Zyl (c), 4 M Fuser, 3 J Roux, 2 F Sbaraglini, 1 M Muccignat.
Replacements: 16 E Ceccato, 17 A De Marchi, 18 I Fernandez-Rouyet, 19 G Maistri, 20 E Targa, 21 G Toniolatti, 22 J Ambrosini, 23 L Morisi.
What they said...
Connacht head coach Eric Elwood
"It has become a must-win for us and it is well within our range. We just need to cut out some of the errors and capitalise on the chances we are creating.
"It has been a busy period but there is a break coming up and we need to go into that with a win under our belt."
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 27th February|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Leinster|
|19:35||Ulster vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 28th February|
|19:15||Munster vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Sunday 1st March|
|12:45||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|17:00||Zebre vs Dragons|
|17:15||Connacht vs Treviso|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
|Sunday 11th January|
|Ospreys 22 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 20 - 24 Ulster|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Zebre 7 - 31 Munster|
|Cardiff Blues 13 - 22 Leinster|
|Friday 9th January|
|Connacht 13 - 16 Edinburgh|
|Glasgow 22 - 7 Scarlets|
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